Updated: Long-serving Caistor head set to retire

Roger Hale EMN-160122-081929001
Roger Hale EMN-160122-081929001

Long-serving Caistor Grammar School headteacher Roger Hale has announced he will retire at the end of this calendar year.

By then Mr Hale will have served the school for more than 24 years - an impressive 21 of those years as headteacher.

Mr Hale said “I have had a wonderful time at Caistor Grammar School.

“It has been a tremendous place to work with fabulous students, staff and governors.

“I will miss it very much but I feel it is time to retire.”

The news of Mr Hale’s retirement comes as the latest GCSE league tables are released, putting Caistor Grammar School once again at the top.

Year after year, the school has broken its own records with impressive exam results.

Mr Hale said: “It’s a very demanding job being in charge of a school and it’s a lot of responsibility - and when you’ve done it for a long time you come to an age when you think ‘I’m ready for retirement’.

“I think I will lead a quieter life of walking and cycling and swimming, in a very non professional way.

“I look forward to reading and lots of other activities I’m sure, but a quieter life.

“Headship has been remarkably action packed and exciting.

“There’s never a dull moment but it takes its toll.

“A quieter life - I’ve got no plans to become a football manager.”

He added: “The school is a very special place.”

Announcing the news to students and parents, chairman of governors John Colley, said: “I am taking the unusual step of writing to you because I have some important news.

“Our headmaster, Mr Roger Hale, has taken the momentous decision to announce his retirement with effect from December 31, 2016.”

Mr Colley went on to say: “There will, I am sure, be many opportunities over the course of the coming year to thank Mr Hale for his distinguished leadership and commitment to the school.

“In the meantime, the governors will turn their attention to recruiting a worthy successor, someone who will lead our school community to further success and maintain the very high standards to which we have happily become accustomed.”

The school will be advertising for a successor in March.

Mr Hale said: “We want to attract the best possible successor.”